How to Safely Wear Decorative or “Colored” Contact Lenses
Wouldn’t it be cool to have vampire eyes for Halloween? Or deep violet eyes to match your purple sweater? How about your favorite sports team’s logo on your eyes just for fun?
You can have all of these looks with decorative contact lenses (sometimes called “fashion,” “costume,” or “colored” contact lenses). These lenses don’t correct vision—they just change how your eyes look.
But you need a prescription to avoid eye injury. Before buying decorative lenses, here’s what you should know.
- Get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (optometrist), even if you feel your vision is perfect.
- Get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and an expiration date.
- Don’t buy anime or circle lenses—and don’t expect your eye doctor to prescribe them. These bigger-than-normal lenses that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look have not been cleared by the FDA.
- Buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, whether you purchase them in person or shop online.
- Follow all directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams. It‘s especially important to read and follow all instructions because you can injure your eyes if you do not use these medical device products according to the labeling.
See your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye infection:
- eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time
- decrease in vision
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